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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 28, 2016

CD Review: Kansas Smitty's House Band's - Kansas Smitty's Live.

'Sweet Pete' Horsfall (trumpet/vocal); Giacomo Smith (alto); Adrian Cox (clarinet); Dave Archer (guitar); Joe Webb (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Pedro Segundo (drums) + Marcus Bonfanti (guitar and vocal) on Messin' Around No More.
(Review by Lance).
After the Basin St. Brawlers at Darlington, The Classic Jazz Party (which I reluctantly had to forego), and last night's Globe session by the House of the Black Gardenia, it seems that music from an earlier age can still be a force today. This album reinforces that belief.
Recorded live at their East London HQ, Kansas Smitty's House Band is a small swing group creating waves in the capital. This, their second CD, comprises original compositions by various permutations of Webb, Smith, Ireland and Horsfall. (Quote), Bend their knee to what has gone before but they have their eye fixed firmly on the now.
I'll drink to that.

Whiskey Rag, a rollicking ragtime piece by Webb and Smith with fine clarinet from Cox,
gets things moving.
Anita, by Ireland and Smith, has Smitty playing some frantic alto throwing in a few bop phrases before Webb takes over with some two-fisted piano.
The live audience like it!
This is Goodbye sees Sweet Pete caressing Smitty's lyric with his whispered vocal. Ireland separates the vocal choruses with a delicate solo that adds to the tenderness of this sad song.
Here's to Huw: R'n'B' verging on R'n'R' and a workout for Joe Webb - I bet the crowd are dancing!
Messin' Round No More: Bluesman Bonfanti played Smitty's Bar in Broadway Market. Brought the house down and became an automatic choice for a cameo appearance - shades of vintage Eric Burden. His vocal and guitar work, only matched by Smitty's gutsy alto.
She's Got Soul: Reminds me of a rag but it's played in a kind of New Orleansy street beat.
North Henry Street lets Smitty loose, Webb makes full use of the 88 notes and Segundo makes the audience know he's not just a pretty face.
Goodnight my Friends is an appropriately named encore with Horsfall's vocal the fondest farewell ever!
More info.
The album was released on Friday (November 25).
Lance.

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